Saturday, 4 March 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Marple, Series 5

Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple was again portrayed
here by Big Finish guest star Julia McKenzie (she had
voiced Rachel for No More Lies, and Aunt Florence for
The Auntie Matter).
The Secret of Chimneys (published in 1925) did not originally feature Marple - this version used elements 
of The Herb of Death from The Thirteen Problems short story collection. The Blue Geranium, also appeared in 
that volume, issued in 1932. The final mystery here 
was based on Christie's eighth full-length Marple 
novel, released in 1962. 
The season opened with The Pale Horse (another non-
Marple mystery) which aired in August 2010, whilst
the remaining three serials were shown over the 
following Christmas period. The Mirror Crack'd From 
Side to Side was repeated again on ITV3 last night - 
these three festive specials featured a total of twenty-seven Doctor Who cast 
and crew connections:


The Secret of Chimneys (UK TX: December 27 2010)
  • Michelle Collins (Treadwell) played Captain Kath McDonnell in 42, and voiced Winnie Tyler for Big Finish's Damaged Goods (2015)
  • Dervla Kirwan (Bundle) was Mercy Hartigan in The Next Doctor
  • Charlotte Salt (Virginia) voiced Sylvia Wimpole for Criss-Cross (BF, 2015)
  • Nick Arthur was also the film editor on The Curse of Fatal Death and Hide
  • gaffer Gavin Walters was an electrician on Love & Monsters
  • series production runner Donna Shakesheff was the art department co-ordinator on every episode (from Asylum of the Daleks to The Name of the Doctor)
The Blue Geranium (UK TX: December 29)
  • Joanne Page (Hester) was Queen Elizabeth I (pictured) in The Day of the Doctor
  • Ian East (John) made his TV debut as Celation in The Daleks' Master Plan: Day of Armageddon
  • Claire Rushbrook (Caroline) was Ida Scott in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
  • Kevin McNally (Somerset) was Hugo Lang in The Twin Dilemma
  • Paul Rhys (Pritchard) voiced Max Paul for The Scapegoat (BF, 2009)
  • Big Finish actor Hugh Ross (Carmichael) voiced Reverand Merodach for Night's Black Agents (2010), Robert Stretton for Industrial Evolution (2011), Vepaja for Voyage to Venus (2012), Sir Toby Kinsella for 1963: The Assassination Games (2013), The Reesinger Process (2014) and the Counter Measures spin-off series, Kyle Inskip for Masters of Earth (2014), and Gethal for The Exxilons (2015)
  • Sharon Small (Mary) voiced both Jeannie and Janet for The Revenants (BF, 2012)
  • Derek Hutchinson (Concierge) voiced Altus for The Burning Prince (BF, 2013), and the Usher for Dark Eyes 4 (BF, 2015)
  • Greg Bennett (Villager) was a Sycorax Warrior and UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and a Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen episodes (from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor)
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (UK TX: January 2 2011)
  • Joanna Lumley (as semi-regular, Dolly Bantry) was the female Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • Lindsay Duncan (Marina Gregg) was Captain Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
  • Martin Jarvis (Hogg) was Hilio in The Web Planet, Butler for Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and the Governor in Vengeance on Varos, then voiced Nigel Rochester for Jubilee (BF, 2003)
  • Neil Stuke (Dr. Haydock) voiced the titular villain for The Crooked Man (BF, 2014)
  • Samuel Barnett (Sgt. Tiddler) voiced Hans Tod for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009), and Robin for Nightshade (BF, 2016)
  • Hugh Bonneville (Inspector Hewitt) played Captain Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot and A Good Man Goes to War, and voiced Tsar Nicholas I for The Angel of Scutari (BF, 2009)
  • Olivia Darnley (Cherry) was Kourtney in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • series executive producer Damian Timmer made a cameo appearance in An Adventure in Space and Time as a Menoptera, and Nigel Squibbs was the sound mixer on that production too
  • film editor Matthew Tabern also edited Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare CodeHuman NatureThe Family of Blood and The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Sean Clayton was also the second assistant director on Dalek and Father's Day

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